What steps can be taken to reduce energy dependency? This article, originally posted on Atlantic Council, talks about the relationship between the United States and the European union. The United States and Europe work together to improve energy vulnerability and tackle issues with energy security, which are becoming more relevant now due to Covid-19. Having the alliance when it comes to the energy sector is important because it allows us to share ideas and find out what works best for both countries. “We need to work together between the European Union and the United States to reinforce energy security, develop our infrastructure, and help encourage clean energy generation to help reduce emissions globally.” Countries in the European Union are some of our biggest allies and we have the ability to help each other greatly to overcome the obstacles we are currently facing. Members of the Atlantic Council “argue for increased US-EU cooperation in areas such as development of competitive markets, identification of alternative energy sources and routes, collaboration on new clean technologies, construction of new infrastructure, and coordinated financing strategies to help strengthen Europe’s energy security and provide benefits to both sides of the Atlantic economically and politically” By helping Europe with their energy vulnerabilities, the US secures the position as a number one ally and also gains some new information that will be useful on our homefront. The Partnership for Transatlantic Cooperation has already had much success since its development in 2018 and their goal is to continue to work together on “areas such as gas transportation routes, cybersecurity protections, new infrastructure, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), and nuclear energy.” Europe is working to steer their energy technology away from carbon intensive processes, as it is said that 75 % of the greenhouse gases in Europe come from energy production or consumption. The coronavirus has forced both nations to make sure they have adequate and reliable supply chains that focus on clean energy technologies.
David Wemer, "Cooperation key to Transatlantic Coronavirus recovery and energy transition", contributed by Quentin Gipson, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 29 May 2020, accessed 1 March 2024. https://energyrights.info/content/cooperation-key-transatlantic-coronavirus-recovery-and-energy-transition